Update on measles cases

     The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health said today (May 16) that no additional case of measles infection had been recorded as at 4pm today.

     Regarding a confirmed case announced on April 10 that involved a 2-year-old girl, her respiratory specimen subsequently tested positive for vaccine-associated measles and is thus not classified as a confirmed case of measles.

     Regarding measles control measures implemented at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), a total of 31 persons had received measles vaccination at the airport vaccination station as at 6pm today, bringing the cumulative number of vaccinations given to 8 478.

     Measles vaccination will continue to be provided tomorrow (May 17) to airport staff who:

(1) Were born in or after 1967, and have not received two doses of measles vaccination, and have not been infected with measles before; or
(2) Have laboratory evidence of testing not positive against measles antibody (IgG).

     The vaccination quota for the measles vaccination station at the airport remains at 600 doses daily. The venue and operation hours of the airport vaccination station are as follows:
Venue: Multi-function Room,
HKIA Tower (Level 5, Terminal 2)
Hours: May 17
10am to 1pm
2pm to 6pm

     Separately, a blood test station was set up at the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai today to provide a measles serology testing pilot service for a total of about 200 Filipino foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong. A total of 57 of such blood samples have been collected today. Participants will be informed of the results individually. The pilot service will continue tomorrow.

     The venue and operation hours of the blood test station are as follows:
Venue: G/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Hours: May 17
10am to 1pm
2pm to 5pm

Ends/Thursday, May 16, 2019
Issued at HKT 18:55